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On Gardening: Abuse-free crape myrtles

A 300-foot long crape myrtle allee is a sight to behold especially when it is in full bloom as it happens to be right now. While the visitors are shocked, if not mesmerized by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we don't prune. You see, most gardeners think that pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn't so.

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Living Smart: Who to hire to repair or install a garage door?

When it's time to buy and install a new garage door or if your door needs a few repairs, it's important to hire an established, dependable company for the task. A shoddy installation or incomplete repairs can lead to an unsafe environment. To make sure you work with the best, review these tips to hiring a garage door professional.

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Nearly 60 years � and a redefining remodel � later, a lakefront home is ready for its (second) close-up

BELLVUE, Wash. - Like a child star of the built environment, Marty and Pam Vowels' naturally photogenic Bellevue home achieved fame at an early age. Adorable in youth, the precocious showpiece by architect Roland "Ron" Wilson appeared in the June 15, 1958, edition of The Seattle Times' magazine, "Sunday Color Rotogravure Pictorial." (Catchy!) In one of three black-and-white photos, its decks stretch toward Lake Washington behind a craggy landscape of waterfalls, paths and rock gardens.

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Ask Angie: How to clean an acrylic bathtub correctly

Dear Angie: I have a dirty-looking area on bottom of my acrylic bathtub ... and am sure it is from my hard water. The tub is just now being used daily. I know I cannot use regular products like CLR or Lime-A-Way. I have tried ammonia, vinegar, baking soda and a mixture of all three - no luck. Any suggestions?

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Victorian-era cleaning methods still work in today's households

Long before organizational guru Marie Kondo was espousing her popular KonMari method and TV shows such as "Hoarders: Buried Alive" were entertaining audiences (exploiting mental illness?) with tales of unchecked accumulation, British households of the Victorian and Edwardian eras (circa 1837-1910) and beyond were already hip to the life-changing magic of tidying up.

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Gardener Brie Arthur shows how to create an edible, beautiful garden

RALEIGH, N.C. - Traditionally, farming and country life go hand in hand: In the popular imagination, agriculture and hands-on, dirt-in-the-fingernails cultivation happen well outside urban centers, where there's space and where the air is clean. Yet a new narrative has emerged, one of rooftop gardens and reclaimed green spaces in places like Brooklyn and Raleigh. Modern small farmers seek both.

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Design Recipes: Do's and don'ts of picking the perfect side chair

While much time is often spent selecting the ideal sofa to anchor a space, all too often the side chair used in a living space is considered an afterthought. Not so. Side chairs can and should be treated as a primary piece of furniture that can add a space's finishing touch. Here are some tips on how to purchase the perfect side chair to enhance your home.

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Plumber: Looking to tune out while taking a shower

Q: Dear Ed, I am a young professional soon to be moving into my first apartment. My dad said he will install a new showerhead for me as a gift and wants me to pick one out. I have heard about the new showerheads that play music and would like a little information. Also, are these showerheads easy to install?

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Style at Home: Watermelon, lemon hot summer colors

I love to change up the look of my interior spaces with each new season, tweaking my bedding, furnishings and displays just a bit to give them a fresh new feel. If you want to join me by embracing the glory of summer in your home, look to your favorite things about summer for inspiration. You don't have to go farther than your fruit bowl for a decorating muse that will give your home extra zip this season:

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Home Fix: Repair or replace cedar shingles

Q: We are wanting to purchase a 1980s-era home that has cedar shingles. I have asked several different roofers for a price to repair the shingles but every one of them said they will have to replace the shingles and add new underlayment. It's like they are all talking to each other and comparing ideas. Is it true the shingles need to be removed?

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6 ways to be a better roommate

I write this article with the seasoned wisdom of a reformed "bad" roommate. I spent four years of college balancing stained coffee cups atop dirty-dish towers with the shrewd precision of a true slob. I mastered the art of not doing laundry and lived four full years without ever knowing the color of my bedroom floor. Generally speaking, I was able to live out my years as an undergrad with mild disregard for my roommates' aversion to day-old burrito wrappers and last-minute visitors.

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